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Accredited & Award-Winning Arts Education

Northwest School of the Arts offers a well-rounded program emphasizing project-based learning in core subject areas, Arts education, and STEM education. We individualize and advance student learning by providing 1:1 Chromebook access, classroom iPads, and an abundance of enrichment opportunities. We’re the top-performing art school in Northwest Cleveland with multiple 4-star ratings from the Ohio Department of Education and scoring in the Top 20% of Ohio charter schools. 

Subject Areas

Northwest students are instructed in four core subject areas, Arts Education, and Social-Emotional Learning.

English Language Arts

We help students develop vital communication skills, while inspiring a love of literature. Younger children learn phonics and grammar and prepare for reading through multi-sensory activities, while older students learn to comprehend and analyze both fiction and non-fiction. The program emphasizes classic works and writing as a process.


We balance fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem solving. Our active approach ensures that students understand the realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Games and animations bring concepts to life, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery. We build from the concrete to the abstract as students move from basic skills toward algebra.


Our Science program uses hands-on experiments to support the systematic study of life, Earth, and the physical sciences. We nurture curiosity as students practice observation and analytical skills. Students learn how our understanding of the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances. STEM (the study of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is integrated throughout the school day. We additionally offer afterschool enrichment in Robotics using the Lego® curriculum. 

Social Studies

With integrated topics in geography, civics, economics, and history, our Social Studies program opens young minds and imaginations to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse cultures. We explore the history and geography of North America and beyond with a particular emphasis in Black History & Cultural Studies.

Fine & Visual Arts

In Grades EK-3, students participate in foundational lessons in Art appreciation to develop understanding in form, style, and structure. Art projects allow students to explore their individual creativity and expression. Beginning in Grade 4, students have the opportunity to select a major in Fine Arts, Visual Arts or Creative Writing to deepen their study with highly educated, skilled, and creative instructors. 

Musical & Performing Arts

In Grades K-3, students develop a wide knowledge base and range of talent in music, dance, and theatre. Beginning in Grade 4, students have the opportunity to select a major in Band, Choir, Dance, or Theatre to deepen their study with highly educated, skilled, and creative instructors. 

ACCEL Instructional Model

Our school is built on a strong foundation of high expectations for academic achievement for all students and is accredited by Cognia™ for meeting the highest standards of education in ongoing third-party review. We implement the ACCEL Instructional Model (AIM) which focuses on four key components to achieve strong academic results:

Individualized Instruction

Students participate in a variety of learning activities each day that individualize instruction for each subject area. Students receive whole class instruction, small group instruction, and individual instruction with teachers, technology and other curricular tools. Each classroom has a Smartboard, classroom iPads, and 1:1 Chromebook access for students.

Properly Certified & Licensed Teachers

Our teachers meet the requirements set forth by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise. Our teachers are supported by trainers and participate in continuous, research-based professional development. Our teachers are accountable for student learning and rewarded for high quality performance.

More Time on Task

Our students receive double the instruction in ELA and Math to provide a strong foundation for all learning. Beginning with full-day Kindergarten, our school also follows a longer school day and school year than many other schools. In fact, we provide over 10% more instructional hours per school year than the Ohio Department of Education requires.

Data-Driven Instruction

Student knowledge of academic standards is assessed formally and informally in short cycles by each teacher. Our teachers adjust class-level and individual instruction based on student performance in these frequent intervals.

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Northwest School of the Arts serves a diverse population of students and we work to support the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of all students.

Jessica Garton
Director of Special Education & Child Find Contact
(216) 226-6800